Opening General Session

Monday, August 5
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Orange County Convention Center
Valencia Ballroom

Open to all conference attendees and exhibitors. Badge needed for admission.

Keynote Presentation

Captain Scott Kelly
History-making NASA Astronaut; first to complete a year-in-space mission

The Sky is Not the Limit: Lessons from A Year in Space

Former NASA Astronaut Kelly shares how personal determination and a never-quit attitude helped him achieve his professional and personal goals. With humor and visual storytelling, he’ll share the importance of preparation, attention to detail and teamwork- any of which can mean the difference between life and death or success and failure for a team.

Soctt Kelly’s story is featured in the award-winning TIME and PBS documentaries A Year in Space and in the theatrical release from Universal Pictures of the 2021 documentary The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station. In 2021, he was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Emergency Communications Center Awards Program Winners


Communications Center Director of the Year
Andrew Dameron
Denver 9-1-1, Denver, CO

Telecommunicator of the Year
Beth Gunn
Jeffcom 911, Lakewood, CO

Trainer of the Year
Drew Tetrick
Kitsap 911, Bremerton, WA

Line Supervisor of the Year
Libby Howland
Eaton County 911, Charlotte, MI

Information Technologist of the Year
Stephen Stetson
Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Manteo, NC

Radio Frequency Technologist of the Year
Chuck Kuhler
Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, Warrenton, VA

Team of the Year
Valley Communications Center
Kent, WA

Technology in Leadership Award – Large Agency
City of Hemet Police & Fire ECC
Hemet, CA

Technology in Leadership Award – Small Agency
NEOM Command and Control Center
Saudi Arabia



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